Well, I was planning my purchase of Infinity + Dock. But over the last few days, the grey dock has been listed as "Discontinued" at B&H!
ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 Keyboard TF700T-DOCK-GR B&H
Has anyone else heard about this?
The Champagne dock is only listed as "Out of Stock". So I wonder if the Grey dock has been accidentally mis-labelled as Discontinued. Hope so, because I really don't like the Champagne.
I was also waiting until the MS Surface RT started shipping in the hopes that ASUS would cut the price of the Infinity a bit. Looks like I waited too long! Unless ASUS is planning to make a surprise announcement about a new product.
Exciting times these...
I am in the same boat. Are they releasing a new dock? Or are just discontinuing the dock and giving up on the infinity?
The TF700 dock has been in a state of flux and update since the original release.
I would wonder if ASUS has released a new stock number for the dock (at least newer than the number for what B&H had on hand), and B&H's inventory system simply shows the old ASUS part number as "discontinued"? A lot would depend on the nature of their purchasing/inventory software and how their purchasing dept might input updates. E.g. - B&H sold out existing inventory, and when Purchasing went to re-order, a new stock number arose. Thus, the old one was "discontinued" and their system is awaiting arrival of the new number before it gets entered into inventory.
Another possibility: This is the time of year when electronics retailers are stocking up, preparing pricing and setting sale item limits for "Black Friday", and all kinds of weird inventory crap happens to accommodate this, both at the manufacturer level and the retailer level. My son-in-law, who was a major accounts manager for a big consumer electronics manufacturer, has told all kinds of hysterical stories about "Black Friday" antics.
Last edited by Aviator47; 10-25-2012 at 07:52 AM.
The thing is, lots of other retails computer store are showing out of stock or back ordered. One computer store has it, but is charging a $30 premium for it. And it's still 3 weeks shipping. My guess they are coming out with a new model. But asus usually likes to brag about new stuff and I haven't seen anything on the net.
That's really frustrating that just when the market starts getting busy with new and interesting tablet options (Surface, new iPads, Nexus 10), that ASUS neglects the Infinity. They should countering these new products with better marketing and advertising because the Infinity (IMHO) is still better than any of the new models. Instead, they discontinue one of the KEY components and fall silent on the replacement.
Hopefully, maybe they are just getting ready to replace the dock with a new part number and SKU, in response to the ongoing TF201/TF701 confusion, wouldn't that be a nice resolution.
Device lifespan is decreasing rapidly. The reality is at a month your device is obsolete. Unfortunately at 6 months its an antique. I'm not sure when a 500.00 item became a disposable, but if we are not there, we are rapidly approaching that stage. As of tomorrow with the new DCMA rulings, its rather a non issue here in the us, as we are considered licensees of our devices and not owners. You purchased a revocable right to use the device, but you do not own the device ( although you probably assumed you purchased a device - you were granted a hardware license in effect.). So since I am "leasing" devices, I have just figured at two devices a year, my "lease" budget is about 1200.00 /yr or 100.00/mo for the privilege of using a tablet.
That being said, I'm not surprised docks are becoming not available.
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